The Art of Darkness

“Bloody Good” Hot Chocolate Sticks

March 26th, 2012 by Cobwebs

Hot ChocolateI stuck this in my Drafts folder back in December and promptly forgot all about it (my mind is like a steel trap…that’s been pried open and left to rust). Since we’ve just hit spring around these parts, this one is for all you Southern Hemisphere folks. Everybody else can, um, keep it in mind for next winter. Or something.

It’s hot chocolate on a stick that turns blood-red when it melts. I’m really rather pleased with it.

The basic idea is cribbed from 30 Pounds of Apples, who has lots of lovely photos of each step in the process. My changes to the recipe and method are as follows:

Ingredients

  • 1 lb milk chocolate (not chips, which contain stabilizers to keep them from melting as easily), chopped
  • 1/2 C loosely-packed Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 C loosely-packed powdered sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 T red powdered food coloring
  • Candy bones, bats, or similar sprinkles for decorating (optional)

Equipment

  • 5″ long (or longer) popsicle sticks, skewers, or swizzle sticks (see below)
  • Plastic ice cube tray or candy mold with cavities which hold about 1 ounce each (see below)
  • Double boiler or microwave-safe bowl

Instructions

Make sure that everything that will come in contact with the mixture is completely dry: Bowls, spatulas, ice cube trays, etc.

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